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Mystery consortium wants to take over the ground to save it from bankruptcy
A MYSTERY consortium of local businesses and sports professionals has been for-med in a bid to save Malvern Town Football Club. Last month, we reported that the club was being forced to sell its home at Langland Stadium after de-faulting on a debt of some £100,000 owed to Marstons Brewery. Now a group, called the Save Malvern Town Football Club Consortium (SMTFCC), wants to take over the club to save it from bankruptcy and dissolution, but warned of further problems for the team, which was founded in 1947. A spokesman for the consortium, made up of so-far anonymous members, said: “Our intent is driven by the challenge of helping the club achieve a brighter, more successful and more enjoyable future for all involved – stakeholders, players, supporters and the local community. “The debt to Marstons Brewery is by no means the full extent of the problems facing the club. “SMTFCC would like to bring new leadership and guaranteed stability so that the supporters and players can focus on the football and not worry so much about the club’s future.” The takeover would require the involvement of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the club’s other main creditor, which is bel-ieved to be owed about £60,000, but the consortium hopes they will co-operate in the rescue plan. A spokesman for HMRC said it was inappropriate to comment for reasons of client confidentiality. A meeting is being held at the club on Sunday at 7pm to discuss various proposals for the way forward, including the SMTFCC bid. Any interested parties with ideas who would like to go along should call secretary and treasurer Margaret Scott in advance on 01905 831327 for permission to attend as a guest, as it is a members-only meeting. John Banner of the club said any proposals have to be put to the receivers by Friday, September 20. Malvern Hills District Council has an option of first refusal if the site is put up for sale. A council spokesman said this week that until it has formally been approached, it has no comment to make.